Betty grew up in Minnesota but found her way to New England, where she’s lived for most of her adult life. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, earning the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for her senior thesis in the History of Science. After two years teaching high school chemistry and physical science at a charter high school in Washington, DC, she returned to graduate school in history, ultimately earning a Ph.D. at Yale. However, the delightful moments of high school teaching never left her mind, and she’s been happily teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire for almost a decade.
Betty is most interested in working with students and adults seeking study skills support, writing tutoring, and college or graduate school admissions counseling. Her philosophy of tutoring and academic coaching is to hone students’ talents and interests while providing scaffolding and organizational support to help them reach new levels of success. She particularly enjoys working with writers to accentuate their own ideas with advice regarding organization, phrasing, and polishing a piece of writing. In college and graduate school admissions counseling, she strives to help students realize their authentic interests and goals, while also challenging them to think deeply about the nuances of their world and their place in it. Her philosophy can be summarized most succinctly as: everyone is great in some way, and everyone can be even more great with the right coaching and support!
When she’s not teaching or tutoring, Betty enjoys running, hiking, sitting in coffee shops, reading nonfiction, and spending time with her spouse and daughter.